The city of San Marcos held a ribbon-cutting celebrating the completion of Phase 1 of the project May 23.
Director of Engineering & Capital Improvements Shaun Condor said city officials are excited to share the project's progress with the community.
“We are proud of the innovative solution that was designed and completed using sustainable native materials and vegetation to address a problem that was ultimately impacting the San Marcos River. These upgrades will help stabilize Sessom Creek and protect the San Marcos River for years to come,” Condor said in a news release.
Mayor Jane Hughson said she was happy to see Phase 1 of the project completed.
“We’re just so happy it’s done,” she told Community Impact.
Details of the project
Condor said the major scope of the project was removing the wastewater line out of Sessom Creek and stabilizing the soft spots that had been degraded over time by fast, high-volume urban stormwater flows.
- Removing an exposed wastewater main
- Storm drain upgrade
- Stream restoration
The project costs $3.2 million with $1 million being funded by the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan.
- $100,000: drainage
- $2.2 million: water and wastewater
- $1 million: Habitat Conservation Plan
Condor said the second phase of the project has 90% of the design completed and will focus on improving Sessom Creek between Canyon Road and Canyon Fork. Phase 2 of the project is expected to begin in summer 2024.